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December 19, 2011


Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Deadline to donate to the Faculty & Staff Fund if you want to be entered in the Holiday Raffle. Prizes include gift certificates to fine dining establishments, a Potomac River cruise for two, and free parking for a month. For questions, call Erin Schlesing at ext. 1695.

Thursday, Dec. 22 - Monday, Jan. 2 – University closed. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, Jan. 3 - University reopens.

Wednesday, Jan. 4 - Diffusing Emotionally Charged Situations, a 3.5-hour workshop (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) for MU employees; Caruthers Hall, Room 1021. Sign up today. For questions, call Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Thursday, Jan. 5 (and Monday, Jan. 12) - Managing Your Priorities, a 7-hour, two-day workshop for MU employees; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day; Caruthers Hall, Room 1021. Sign up today. For questions, call Bernadette Costello at ext. 1554.

Monday, Jan. 9 - Publication date of the next issue of InsideMU.
Submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 28. E-mail your items to insidemu@marymount.edu.


A Reminder About Recycling: As the packing begins for Rowley Hall offices that will be moving to other locations, Dr. Liane Summerfield, co-chair of Marymount’s Sustainability Committee, would like to remind faculty and staff to recycle as much as possible. Dr. Summerfield, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, adds, “If you find that you have more office supplies than you need, please reach out to other offices to see if they can use these items, rather than just throwing them away.”

Packing boxes and blue recycling bags are being distributed to Rowley offices by Physical Plant. Single-stream recycling bins are located throughout Rowley Hall.

New Director Hired: David M. Wilmes has been named executive director of the Career Development Center, the new name for the Career and Internship Center, effective Dec. 12.

Mr. Wilmes has 10 years of experience in higher education, having served most recently as director of student engagement at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business.

Mr. Wilmes has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri and an M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and is scheduled to complete his Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership in May 2012.

Spanish-English Interpreters Needed: The Latino Student Association and Student Nurses Association are seeking volunteers who are bilingual in Spanish and English to serve as interpreters at a community health clinic staffed by MU Nursing students at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington. The clinic takes place on the first Sunday of each month, from 2 to 4 p.m., during the fall and spring semesters. Volunteering opportunitities in the spring semester will start on Sunday, Feb. 5, and run through Sunday, May 6. To sign up, e-mail Kathryn Fossaceca.

Upgrading the myMarymount Portal: Information Technology Services will upgrade the myMarymount portal on Jan. 3, when the system will be taken down. This upgrade will add several new features, such as a calendar that can include institutional events, a myMessages feature, social networking integration, and a mobile app for all mobile devices. The upgrade, which will also enhance existing features, should be completed by Jan. 4. For questions, call Joseph Luckett at ext. 3321.


Dr. Barbara E. Baditoi, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education and Human Services, presented a workshop titled “School Counseling and Special Education: What School Counselors Need to Know” at the Association for School Counselors annual conference in Seattle, WA, June 28. The workshop was based on a book that Dr. Baditoi co-authored with Dr. Pamelia Brott of Virginia Tech, titled What School Counselors Need to Know About Special Education and Students With Disabilities, published this year by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). In February, Dr. Baditoi was chosen by the CEC and Solution Tree to train educators in Oman on classroom behavior management. On Sept. 23, she made a presentation titled “Preparing General Education Teacher Candidates in Classroom Management Skills: Impact on Students with Disabilities” at the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders in New Orleans, LA. The presentation was based on an MU graduate course Dr. Baditoi teaches, Effective Classroom Management (ED 552).

Dr. Rosemarie O. Berman, assistant professor of Nursing and chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, presented “Innovative Teaching Strategies for Integrating QSEN and IOM Core Competencies in Nursing Curriculum,” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, St. Louis, MS, Nov. 19.

Dr. Terry Long, professor of Economics, presented a paper titled “Using Qualitative Business Cycle Forecasting to Teach MBA Students Macroeconomics” at the 7th annual Economics Teaching Conference of the Gulf Coast Economics Association in New Orleans, LA, Oct. 27.

Joseph Luckett, E-Learning specialist, was recently appointed communications coordinator for the DC Blackboard Users Group. The collaborative group meets once a semester to discuss issues and best practices related to Blackboard. Marymount is the only school from Virginia represented in this group, which includes Georgetown University, The George Washington University, The Catholic University of America, and American University.

Dr. Shannon Melideo, professor of Education and chair of the Department of Education, reports that, at its fall meeting, the Virginia College Reading Educators (VCRE) selected MU’s Uganda Project as the VCRE’s international project for 2011-12. Dr. Melideo is president-elect of VCRE. Over the past year, the Education Department has developed a partnership with Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) to support a project in Bumwalakani, Uganda. The Education Department has pledged to provide teacher training to the teachers at AAH and surrounding outreach schools on a rotating basis. Dr. Melideo and three undergraduate Education students will travel to Uganda on Jan. 11-21, 2012, to provide teacher training in the areas of literacy and math.

Srinivasan (Raghu) Raghavan, programmer analyst in Administrative Information Service, spoke at a class titled “At Home in the Circle of Life: Christian and Native American Perspectives on the Path to Human and Ecological Wholeness” at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ on Dec. 7. A member of Marymount’s Sustainability Committee, Mr. Raghavan was invited by the Rev. Dr. Janet Parker to discuss the University’s sustainability program and the Transition Town Initiative in Washington, DC. The Transition Town Initiative is a community-led process that helps towns become more sustainable environmentally, economically, and socially. Mr. Raghavan notes, “Sustainability cannot be practiced in isolation. Marymount can align itself with and contribute to sustainability initiatives within its community to develop a mutually beneficial relationship. My talk at the church was intended to facilitate this relationship.”

Diane White, director of the Student Health Center, Casey Deephouse, assistant director of the SHC, and Rachel Greger, RN and health and wellness promoter at the SHC, presented a poster titled “Fall into Healthy Eating” at the Mid-Atlantic Sodexo Symposium at Millersville University in Lancaster, PA, Nov. 17-18. The poster highlighted the healthy eating initiative that the SHC launched on campus this fall. On Oct. 18 and 20, SHC staff, in partnership with the Sodexo Dining Service team, held on-campus demonstrations highlighting the health benefits of apples. The SHC provided 150 MU students with goodie bags that contained a healthy baked-apple recipe, which can be made in the microwave, all the necessary ingredients to make it, and apple nutrition facts. The SHC will hold a second healthy-eating demonstration on campus in January, with a goodie bag containing another healthy recipe and the ingredients to make it.

Douglas R. Seidler, assistant professor of Interior Design and director of the Interior Design program at the Reston Center, was elected on Nov. 1 to the Board of Directors of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). His appointment as director of scholarship starts in the academic year 2012-13 and continues for two academic years. IDEC is an international organization whose mission is the advancement of interior design education, scholarship, and service.

Erika Davis, reference librarian, Library and Learning Services, ext. 1644.

Mariana Hodges, library promotions associate, Library and Learning Services, ext. 3830.

Carolyn Juba, assistant director for advising and retention, Academic Success Center, ext. 6994.

Allen Penn, Student Accounts representative, ext. 6810.

Abdur Razzak, database administrator, Administrative Information Services, ext. 1482.


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